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Old 10-26-2011, 02:19 PM   #111
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I had a Mosin that shot real well and it was pretty accurate for such a simple rifle. I had one big problem with it. I bought a big can of the surplus ammo. It was the stuff with the lacquer-coated case. After about 5-6 rounds the barrel would get warm and the coating on the cases would soften up and the brass would start sticking in the chamber. I had to pop the brass out with the cleaning rod after each shot. This would absolutely not be acceptable under battle conditions. Of course there is always the option of loading for this round or spending more money for better ammo.

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M1A in a sniper configuration.

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you mean like this?
http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll63/sniper762/GUNS/M212.jpg

M14 (M1A) caliber .308 (7.62mm x 51) full or semi-auto magazine fed rifle. This rifle was standard issue for the Viet Nam war soldiers. Mine was built by me as a semi-auto only Civilian M1A version with a Sako light weight national match barrel and a Springfield Armory receiver. It was glass bedded into a military walnut stock by a NCNG Match armorer. I used it in many civilian National Matches. Later, I topped it with an original Leatherwood ART II scope and added an original M2 bipod to use it in the NCNG Sniper competitions as a M21 SWS (Sniper Weapon System). It shot well (1 minute angle), but did not Hold its zero when the scope was taken off and re-attached ( mandatory for sniper matches). I have the GI AN/PVS-2 Night Vision Scope that was used on this rifle during the Viet Nam Era. I also have the USGI M6 bayonet and M10 scabbard

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Yeah, that's what I mean. That's my white whale! Love em!

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After reading these posts I am getting excited about shooting my M1A. I think I'll get it out and shoot this weekend. I still have some of the good Australian and Portugese surplus ammo. It shoots real well.

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I had a Mosin that shot real well and it was pretty accurate for such a simple rifle. I had one big problem with it. I bought a big can of the surplus ammo. It was the stuff with the lacquer-coated case. After about 5-6 rounds the barrel would get warm and the coating on the cases would soften up and the brass would start sticking in the chamber. I had to pop the brass out with the cleaning rod after each shot. This would absolutely not be acceptable under battle conditions. Of course there is always the option of loading for this round or spending more money for better ammo.
Check the extractor on your bolt, and be sure the chamber is clean and free

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Ive heard of this sticking problem with the Moisins and saw it once in person... had to pound the bolt open. Totally unacceptable. I guess it's a more wide-spread issue than I thought. Who would issue crap like this to the troops??? Pretty shoddy in the original sense of the term. Ive never fired the MN enuff to have the problem myself. Good thing I made mine Mauser!

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Ive heard of this sticking problem with the Moisins and saw it once in person... had to pound the bolt open. Totally unacceptable. I guess it's a more wide-spread issue than I thought. Who would issue crap like this to the troops??? Pretty shoddy in the original sense of the term. Ive never fired the MN enuff to have the problem myself. Good thing I made mine Mauser!
Bear in mind these relics are all 65+ years old by now.

Even if some of them were jamming new, it didn't stop the Russians

with the "jamming Mosins" from sending all the Mauser using Germans

either back to Berlin or on a dirt nap.
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therewolf, that is the first thing I tried. I cleaned the rifle meticulously before I fired it the first time. The bore was spotless when I put the first cartridge in it. The same exact thing happened with my friend's Mosin at the same time. We bought them together. I even felt the brass after we fired the cartridge and the coating felt soft and kind of sticky. The Mosin was fun to shoot but I wouldn't have chosen it for protecting my life if I had other options available. My Win 94 would have shot circles around it easily. The Russians sure made good use of these rifles and ammo. Their snipers and regular grunts picked off a lot of Germans for sure.

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